FAZ Division One South Livingstone Pirates FC chairman Bimaele Phiri has asked the government to urgently complete works at Maramba Stadium to enhance Zambia’s chances of hosting the senior Africa Cup of Nations.
During his tour of the Victoria Falls recently, CAF president Issa Hayatou said Zambia had what it takes to host the AfCON.
In an interview, Phiri said Zambia needed another high class stadium apart from Levy and Heroes stadia in Ndola and Lusaka respectively.
“In Livingstone, despite attracting international figures such as the CAF president, we don’t have a stadium that can host international games. As Maramba Stadium stands right now, if it can be completed to international standards as we wait for a bigger one to be constructed, it can be an ideal addition. We know that government is facing many economic challenges but we hope they will look into it,” said Phiri.
Maramba Stadium was closed for rehabilitation prior to the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly but works have since stalled, forcing Livingstone Pirates to use the open air Busiku Grounds for its league fixtures.